Dating has changed. Today’s dating apps have made finding that perfect person easy. But you can still have your cake and eat it too! The key is to know how to approach dating. If you’re interested in getting to know someone, but are a little nervous about hitting on someone who doesn’t look like a unicorn, don’t be. Read on to learn how to talk to women and get them interested in you.

Know What You Want

Before you approach someone, make sure you know what you want from the relationship. Do you want to date exclusively? Or are you open to casual dating as well? Do you want to have sex? Or would you just be dating for fun? Maybe you want someone who has similar interests to you—or even someone who has different interests and cares about what you care about.

Getting to know someone can be done in many ways and with many different people, but there are some principles that help. If you want to date a girl, it’s important to realize that the opposite sex might get nervous around you. Your actions might make her feel a little uncomfortable. So don’t be afraid to bring out your charm by demonstrating confidence and a willingness to laugh.

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Know Your Interests

If you decide to approach a girl, make sure to know her interests. Talk to her about a hobby, ask questions about what she likes, and listen to her answers. Then steer the conversation toward something you like. “I like this hobby and have a lot of time to do it,” is a good opening line. “I think you’ve got a lot of time to do whatever it is you like to do.” Women find it easy to talk about things that they love and that they love to do. If you’re looking to get to know a girl, ask her what she likes.

Tell Her About Yourself

One of the best ways to get to know someone is to talk to them about yourself. Tell her what you like. If you like art, talk about your art and where you got it. Women love talking about themselves and want to talk to someone else who is interested in them. They have a hard time talking about themselves if you’re not interested in talking about yourself, or if you’ve never had an interest in talking about yourself.

Fishing For Interests

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According to the CDC, about 1 in every 6 people in the United States is infected with an STD. Even if you are in a monogamous relationship, contracting an STD can be a risk, especially if you’re engaging in risky sexual activity. We’ve all heard the horror stories: The new relationship begins to spark sexual activity, when you catch your first STD—and you’re left with no recourse but to get it treated, go into hiding, and hope your partner eventually forgives you, even though you don’t deserve it.

Diseases like herpes, HPV and gonorrhea are much easier to detect, treat, and prevent than the kind of STD that lacks easy-to-find symptoms like a sore throat or a fever. To catch these, you need to know what they are. Knowing your options will also give you more control over your dating life, empowering you to avoid becoming a statistic.

To be safe, we’ve compiled a list of the most common STDs, along with how to prevent them, how to tell if you have one and what to do if you think you have one.

1. Chlamydia

“Chlamydia is the leading notifiable bacterial disease in the U.S., with an estimated 10 million infections occurring each year,” according to the CDC. In women, symptoms include a thick, smelly discharge, and tenderness in the cervix and in other areas of the genital area. You may notice a burning sensation, a painful urination and a vaginal discharge that smells fishy. Symptoms in men may include painful urination, a burning sensation on the penis or testicles, and a painful erection. If you get a genital rash (like a diaper rash) or notice a lump, see your doctor immediately.

Chlamydia can be treated with a common antibiotic called azithromycin. A simple urine test can diagnose you, but if you want to make sure, do a swab of the discharge, rectum or throat. The results come back in two to six days.

2. Gonorrhea

The CDC estimates that about 850,000 new cases of gonorrhea occur every year. And like chlamydia, gonorrhea (including “non-gonococcal” gonorrhea, which is much more severe) can lead to infertility in women, painful urination, an increased risk for miscarriage and, in women and men, a painful, swollen penis. Men may notice a cloudy-yellow